UofL, seminary name 2020 Grawemeyer winners
UofL and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary announced 2020 winners of the $100,000 Grawemeyer Awards Dec. 2-6.
Charles Grawemeyer, a UofL graduate and former seminary trustee, launched the awards program in 1984 to underscore the impact a single idea can have on the world. All of the 2020 award recipients will visit Louisville in April to give free, public talks on their winning ideas.
The winners are:
- Lei Liang, a San Diego composer who won the music composition award for his orchestral work evoking the threat climate change poses to humanity
- Ken Conca, an American University professor who won the world order award for his book challenging the United Nations to rethink how it handles environmental problems
- Robert Plomin, a King’s College, London, behavioral geneticist who won the psychology award for explaining how DNA influences how we work with the world around us
- Sarah Fine and Jal Mehta, two scholars who co-won the education award for their study of how to encourage deeper learning in U.S. high schools
- Stephen J. Patterson, a Willamette University professor who won the religion award for showing how an early Christian creed urging human solidarity applies in modern life
“All of the 2020 winners offer important new insights into some of today’s most significant issues, which is exactly what we seek to reward with these prizes,” said Charles Leonard, Grawemeyer Awards executive director.
“Two winners focus on the threat posed by climate change even though they work in very different fields, while the others broaden our grasp of how genes affect behavior, how American high schools can better prepare students and how an ancient religious creed can help us deal with bigotry, racism and sexism.”
UofL presents the annual prizes in music, world order, psychology and education and gives the religion prize jointly with the seminary.
Climate change threatens our very existence, says Lei Liang,
a composer who won the 2020 Grawemeyer Award for
Music Composition for an orchestral work setting the
issue to music. His piece guides listeners on a journey
through a virtual landscape that collapses into fragments
but ends with nature reborn.
MUSIC TO SAVE THE EARTH
NEW DAY FOR THE UN
The United Nations can tackle environmental
challenges more effectively by mixing human rights
and peace into its approach, says international relations
scholar Ken Conca, who won the 2020 Grawemeyer Award
for Ideas Improving World Order. His book outlines steps the
organization can take to make the change.
THE ‘NATURE OF NURTURE’
Our genes influence how we interact with the world around us,
says Robert Plomin, a behavioral geneticist who won the
2020 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Psychology.
His theory shows that DNA makes us who we are and even affects
the way we select, modify and create our environment.
ANCIENT CREED FOR MODERN TIMES
An early Christian creed advocating human solidarity still applies
to contemporary life, says a religious scholar who won the
2020 Grawemeyer Award in Religion. Stephen J. Patterson’s book
examines why the creed's message to respect differences among
people is as important today as it was in Christ’s time.